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If you're familiar with Christmas Tree Shops, a discount chain that got its start in New England in the 1950s, then you won't be stunned by the deals you'll find when you step inside one of these festive stores. If you're unfamiliar with Christmas Tree Shops, however, you're in for a true treat when you discover one of these bargain emporiums during your New England travels.
Although the chain was acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond in 2003 and has more than 80 store locations in 21 states as of 2018. The Christmas Tree Shops are most densely concentrated in New England (find locations below), particularly on Cape Cod where the chain was founded, and they retain their folksy charm and inspire impulsive shopping in practically everyone who walks in the door, not just penny-pinching Yankees. If you're visiting the Cape, you might also want to visit the original location. It's in Yarmouthport and was rechristened Just Picked Gifts. It's still owned by the Bilezikian family, which grew the company from this one location.
Although the Christmas Tree Shops are particularly busy in December, when the hunt is on for bargain holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, they're actually open year-round, and they offer New England vacationers a fun place to hunt for affordable, out-of-the-ordinary souvenirs. Can't get here or find a shop near you? Online shopping is an option, and it's also a solution if you find oversized bargains in-store that you don't want to transport home.
What You'll Find
The incredible variety of merchandise includes gifts, stationery, toys, paper goods, home furnishings, cookware, accessories, food, housewares, cleaning products, candles, seasonal decorations, and more. Many items are priced at less than $5, and you'll be hard-pressed to find many that cost more than $20.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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Make the most of your Christmas Tree Shops outing with these shopping tips:
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- Before you head for Christmas Tree Shops, browse the stores' online flyer to see which items are on sale. These will be some of the best deals you'll find.
- Even if you're only planning to shop for one or two items, take a shopping cart. It's nearly impossible to leave the Christmas Tree Shops without purchasing a few extra things.
- Examine all merchandise carefully. A deal is only a deal if you're satisfied with the quality of your purchase when you get home. This is particularly important if you are visiting New England on vacation and won't be able to easily return defective merchandise.
- If you are shopping for food items, be sure to check expiration dates.
- Stock up! If you spot a great deal, buy two or more.
- Before you visit a Christmas Tree Shops store, make a shopping list of items you're hoping to find. It will help you to stay focused if you find the array of merchandise overwhelming.
- While you're making your list, be sure to think about upcoming events, holidays, and birthdays you might shop for. Christmas Tree Shops are a particularly good place to find affordable paper goods, invitations, party supplies, and wedding favors.
- Don't shop alone! If you take a friend or family member, you'll have two sets of eyes for spotting bargains. Don't forget to look up, or you might miss deals on higher shelves.
- Christmas Tree Shops are also an ideal place to introduce kids to shopping. They can practice selecting quality products, spending wisely, making decisions, and counting change.
- Allow plenty of time to browse. Some of the best deals you'll find will be completely unexpected.
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Locations in New England
New England has the densest concentration of the nation's more than 80 Christmas Tree Shops. Here's your state-by-state guide to Christmas Tree Shops in New England:
Augusta: 42 Whitten Road (Turnpike Mall)
Bangor: 46 Springer Drive (Christmas Tree Shops Plaza)
South Portland (Scarborough): 490 Payne Road
Avon: 15 Stockwell Drive
Falmouth: Route 28 (Falmouth Plaza)
Foxboro: 340 Patriot Place/Route 1
Holyoke: 50 Holyoke Street (Ingleside Mall)
Hyannis: 655 Route 132
Lynnfield: 28-34 Broadway/Route 1
Natick: 1298 Worcester Street/Route 9 (Sherwood Plaza)
North Attleboro: 1505 South Washington Street
North Dartmouth: 65 Faunce Corner Mall Road
Orleans: Routes 6A & 28
Pembroke: 296 Old Oak Street
Sagamore: Route 6A (look for the windmill)
Shrewsbury: 1000 Boston Turnpike (Shrewsbury Village)
Somerville: 177 Middlesex Avenue (Assembly Square Mall)
West Dennis: 425 Main Street (Christmas Crossing Plaza)
Nashua: 41 Gusabel Avenue (Nashua Mall)
North Conway: 1584 White Mountain Highway
Portsmouth: 100 Durgin Lane
Salem: 92 Cluff Crossing Road (Rockingham Mall)
Middletown: 99 East Main Road
Warwick: 300 Quaker Lane/Route 2
Williston: 100 Cypress Street (Maple Tree Place)